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Holy Smokes....I went to the gym today.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I went to the gym for the first time today.

My best friend belongs to the YMCA and I went as her guest. I had so much fun and it wasn't nearly as threatening as I thought it might be. I worked harder on the tread mill then I usually do walking the trail every morning and I even spent a few minutes on a cross trainer. I tried about half of the strength machines too.

I think the YMCA might be the place for me when the cold weather sets in. Who knew sweating in front of strangers could be so much fun!

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NOREGRET2010 8/22/2010 12:22PM

    i wish we had a Y here! it's really nice to find a place that you feel like you "fit" in...go you!

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AELARLEE1 8/19/2010 12:10PM

    How fun to get to experience a gym -- new inspiration for exercise!

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JUSTYNA7 8/19/2010 12:43AM

    Keep it up! emoticon

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PIR8CHIK 8/18/2010 12:08PM

    I'm a YMCA girl too! It's pretty low key as gyms go....not a whole lot of spandex muscle heads there! lol.... no pressure but lots of opportunities for fun classes!

Good luck to you! Be sure to go back! emoticon

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MADEBYMARZIPAN 8/18/2010 10:46AM

    Ha ha! Glad you had a good time! And it's fun to go with a friend :)

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My husband didn't recognize me!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

My husband & I went grocery shopping this morning after our walk. I asked him to get items from another part of the store and after a few minutes heard him muttering behind me "you're so narrow". I turned with a questioning look and he said I've been looking for you but didn't recognize you because you're so narrow now! Those are the sweetest words I've heard this week!

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PURPLELVR7 8/28/2010 9:33PM

    emoticon that is really emoticon

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KEKEIKO 8/28/2010 9:07PM

    I bet that smile was difficult to wipe off your face. Congratulations you've worked hard to get to where you are and to be able to enjoy that beautiful remark. WTG Hubby! Hugs, Keke

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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/28/2010 8:55PM

    That is wonderful. He is a keeper for sure.

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JMCADE 8/28/2010 8:53PM

    Great. What a day maker that is!

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/28/2010 8:48PM


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JUKEBOX2 8/28/2010 8:33PM

    What a great compliment...

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MADEBYMARZIPAN 8/11/2010 12:53PM

    Ha ha ha! I love it!

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AELARLEE1 8/9/2010 1:55PM

    That is so wonderful!! What a complement! Thanks for sharing this.

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MAMMA_MIA1 8/8/2010 10:00AM

    That is sooooo emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/7/2010 10:07PM

    Sounds like the bestest reward ever. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/7/2010 8:46PM

    I LOVE IT!

I bet he gets rewarded for that little remark!!


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Friday, August 06, 2010

Seventy pounds ago I would have done ANYTHING to avoid my reflection. Today, even with 50 pounds to go, I stop when I see my reflection and smile.

I love what I see, warts and all as the saying goes. My bottom half is still way out of proportion to my top half and I will always have larger thighs and hips than the average woman. The skin on my thighs, arms and abdomen will forever be saggy and I'll probably never have a six pack! Surprising to me......I don't care! I love the woman I see smiling back at me. She is thinner but more than that, she is strong. Strong enough to not slide into bad habits. Strong enough to choose to exercise everyday. Strong enough to smile, accept compliments and not change the subject when people bring up my weight loss.

So, bring on the mirrors so I can get to know that strong woman I see smiling back at me even better.

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/7/2010 4:18PM

    I Love this Blog! thanks for posting it.

I agree with you and with the 20#'s I gained I feel bad about the reflection, because I know I was in a better place, but you give me courage to go on.


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JUSTYNA7 8/7/2010 1:16PM

    You are Beeeautiful! My daughter and I were watching the sisterhood of the traveling pants. 4 lovely young women. My daughter is tall and 190 pounds which she finds distressing.... but she has no belly at all and a very nice figure. She wakes up looking like she is wearing makeup and has lovely curly hair. I was surprised when she said during the movie "I wish I looked like any one of those girls". I looked at the girls again and pointed out that probably each of them is unhappy with at least one part of their body. One girl is very tall, one very thin, one is larger than her peers and one has a face that looks better with makeup. Yet to us they are all very beautiful. We are always hardest on ourselves even when the reality is we have great bodies and features. I am so happy to see you embrasing the whole package and seeing it as GOOD!

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GARDENQE2 8/6/2010 2:48PM

    Hurray! I'm glad to see someone who agrees that mirrors are our friends!!

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Addicted to Exercise?

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I've never been a person who enjoys exercise or gets an endorphin high from walking or jogging........until now. I've been exercising for about six months, walking (and a little jogging) about five miles a day at least five days a week, doing weight training at least three times a week. In July I even joined the 28 day Sparkpeople bootcamp workout challenge.......three more days and I'm finished with the first round. I intend to find another challenge right away!

I'm not to the point yet where I get the "exercise high" I hear others talk about after a hard walk but I do feel good. In the past it wasn't hard to let exercise slide......one day not walking turned into a week and I was a couch potato again.

This time around I don't feel like my day is complete unless I walk. Even if it's a day when I can't get my 10,000 steps in, I walk. Sometimes it's round and round through my kitchen, living room, entry hall and family room, taking a run to the second floor and back with every fifth round.

I love feeling how toned my muscles are becoming. I love how I can keep up with almost anyone. I love how I can run up stairs........I look for stairs and don't take elevators anymore unless I have to go many floors. I love how my feet don't hurt unless I've had an exceptionally long day.

Maybe keeping at it until your body is used to being active is the key. Whatever the reason I'm happy to say I'm well on the way to trading my addiction to the couch for an addiction to the walking trail.

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WORKTHEGOAL 8/4/2010 5:58PM

    Its being addicted to that 'feel good factor' that gets us!

Keeping enjoying, and I love this blog!

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BECKNWA 8/4/2010 4:33PM

    It does become an addiction. But a good one. I think our bodies start craving the cleansing aspects of a good sweat, not to mention the increase in circulation.

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IONA72 8/4/2010 4:18PM

    After spending weeks housebound earlier this year after surgery, it's great for me to get out and about whenever I can. I appreciate the opportunity to exercise and dread the thought that a day may come when I'm no longer able.

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JUSTYNA7 8/4/2010 4:17PM

    This is an exciting blog. I'm so happy you have found that NEED for exercise...and are giving yourself permission to give yourself this gift. Thanks for sharing, Justyna

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AELARLEE1 8/4/2010 4:13PM

    This is so wonderful to read! I don't really get a high either, but I get a good feeling from getting it done. Even when something goes wrong I find myself saying "at least I went running." :)

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NEUSTART 8/4/2010 3:38PM

    I hope I reach that tolerance level of exercise also. I'm in the beginning stages (always, it seems) and when I walk, even though I appreciate what I'm doing for myself, I can't wait to be done with it. I hope my feet won't ache anymore either after I've been doing this for a while!

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DAVENPLK 8/4/2010 3:34PM

  Good job!!!

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Sizes....then and now!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Yesterday I put on a pair of size 16 jeans and they fit! YAY Then I started thinking about sizes.......have clothes become larger and larger with the size staying the same as the years have passed?

I remember wearing a size 16 when I was in high-school almost 40 years ago and I know I didn't weigh more than 140 to 150. This morning I weighed 196 yet I fit in a size 16. Does that mean I'll be a size 10 when I get to 140? Now I wish I'd saved a pair of jeans from 1970 to compare.

Is this to help all of us feel better about ourselves? To make our cardiologists wealthier? To make us not believe we have not gotten so much fatter? Hmmmm

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JUSTYNA7 7/30/2010 5:50PM

    My wedding dress is a size 14 and my daughter who wears a size 8 could not get it done up. I think about my grandmother and how much smaller she was than us... then my Mom who was bigger than her but smaller than me. It is not just the round part but the height, the wrist size, the shoe size... we are all that much bigger. I think they have changed the sizing to fit the averagees. There never used to be a size zero.

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AELARLEE1 7/25/2010 9:01AM

    I agree, the sizes have totally changed, and while I admit too, like MADEBYMARZIPAN that I enjoy being more of a 10 than a 12, I stopped figuring that as a measurement and just buy what fits in whatever size. I trust my scale the most, which is always more than I want it to be :)

Congrats on fitting into a size smaller jeans though, that is ALWAYS a good thing!

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    I think it's to make us buy more, more, more. I have to admit I feel better about myself if I get to buy a size 10 instead of a size 12.

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/23/2010 8:33PM

    I understand about the sizes. But now, I can't sometimes fit in a 3x. The sizes for the large & XL have changed drastically. I wish they would just leave well enough alone.

WE are still smaller and we know it. That's what counts, no matter what the tag says. Just like the scale not defining who we are. Sizes don't either.


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CANDYXPERT 7/23/2010 3:36PM

    I will have to agree with you ... after all didn't they say Marilyn Monroe was a perfect size 12?

I know that I see a difference between Canada and the US, when I shop in the US I am a s/m and size 8 and in Canada I am a M/L or size 10. There is a lot of designer stuff here or European where I'm a 42 or 44.

Regardless, congrats on getting into a smaller size! Woot!

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TERRYT55 7/23/2010 2:26PM

    There were no 0's either when I was young..........a size five was teeny-tiny.

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    I guess they had to make room for those zeros and 1s and 2s. My mom tells me there was no such thing as a size 0 back in the day. Unless of course you were a newborn.

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THECRAZYMANGO 7/23/2010 1:56PM

    This could be true.. but also, it depends on different brand names of jeans!

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AMPETIT 7/23/2010 1:53PM

    A friend's mother brought this up to me about 2 months ago! this is absolutely the case.

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    I think the sizes have increased a bit with the labels staying the same. I think it has something to do with the stigma of being a "plus size". But don't let that take away from your accomplishment! YAAAAAAAAAYYYYY on the 16s!

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JULESMAGEE 7/23/2010 1:42PM

    I think yes! When I was in hs ('94-'97), I weighed 120-130 and wore a size 10. When I hit 140, I had to go up to a size 12 (maybe 2000). After hitting 160 in 2005, I lost 25 lbs on the divorce diet (135 lb for those doing the math), and I magically fit into a size 8!! You can imagine my elation!... I NEVER wore a size 8 before that (maybe in middle school). Well I'm back up now, to 165 and I'm looking to fit in those 8s again (which are still in my drawer!)

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